Dental implants are a time tested solution to restoring missing teeth.
Having difficulty chewing because of a missing tooth? Or tired of dentures sliding out of position in the mouth?
Find a permanent solution for missing teeth with dental implants and give your smile the second chance it deserves.
Dental implants permanently fill up gaps due to lost teeth. They also protect the other teeth and reduce bone. They are durable and are made to look and feel just like your natural teeth. Once completed, you might even forget they are replacements.
Dental implants are a more permanent solution to lost teeth than dentures, and can help to anchor partial dentures to your mouth. They are also more comfortable to chew and speak with than dentures, because they usually feel just like natural teeth.
Made of biocompatible nickel titanium, the implant is placed in your jawbone in a series of minor operations. It is left for 4 to 6 months to allow your bone to grow around it and to secure the implant. Once the implant is integrated within your jaw, it acts as a foundation for the artificial teeth.
You can also expect to improve your ability to chew and speak after a successful dental implant.
The whole process takes about 6 months to a year on average.
Our dentist will assess your overall health and ability to accept the implant before starting the treatment plan. In some cases, a bone or gum graft may also be done on the site of the implant to ensure there is enough support before inserting the implant.
Once the implant is placed in the bone, it is left to heal for about 3 to 6 more months. A crown will then be created, installed, and you will be ready to show off your brand new tooth.
A dental implant done by a general dentist costs from $1,700 (of which $950 can be paid using Medisave). If you require an implant done by a specialist, the implant procedure costs from $2,100.
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For more information on how you can claim from Medisave, please visit our Fees page.
A dental implant looks and functions just like natural teeth, but may not feel exactly the same. Natural teeth have nerves in its roots that pick up sensations of pressure and temperature when you chew on food. A dental implant does not have roots or nerves. Therefore, any sensations you feel will come from the nerves in the surrounding gums and not the tooth itself.
On average, dental implants take about 6 to 8 months to heal. However, the amount of time taken to completely recover from dental implant surgery can increase, depending on your body’s ability to recover, whether you have any pre-existing health conditions, or whether you need to undergo special procedures before dental implant surgery.
Right after dental implant surgery, you should follow our care tips for post-oral surgery. Some tips include avoiding food with extremely cold or hot temperatures, and eating soft food such as mashed potatoes, yogurts and smoothies. Try to chew on the side of the mouth that is not operated on.
You should also avoid hot, spicy or hard food that may irritate the surgery site and stay away from coffee and alcohol that may affect the healing process.
Titanium dental implants are safe and have been used in dentistry for many years due to the low chance of complications. They are less reactive to physical and chemical corrosion than other metals and last for long periods of time. However, like all implants, there are still small risks of reaction with other metals in the mouth.
Before recommending dental implants, our dentist will assess your overall health, ability to accept the implant and other factors that may affect your treatment. Speak to our dentists for an in-depth consultation to understand your needs.
After each surgical procedure, avoid strenuous activities like intense exercise or hiking, for a week to two weeks to allow the site to heal. Avoid biting down on hard food on that side of the mouth. For more information, visit our pre-and-post oral surgery resources guide.
You should not experience pain as the series of treatments for dental implants will be done under general or local anaesthesia. Post-surgery swelling and discomfort can be managed by medication provided by our dentist. However, should you experience persistent pain or infection, call us at 6336 6222.
With proper care and good health, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
The most straightforward way to care for the dental implant is to treat it as you would any other tooth - with diligent care. Maintain excellent oral health habits and regular dentist visits with NTUC Health Denticare.
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